A Garden of Words
For language mavens, a lively exploration of the origins and development of 24 flower names, from aster to zinnia. Barnette weaves together the diverse elements that, over the centuries, have formed each word's colorful etymological history. Elegantly designed and illustrated throughout--a charming gift for language buffs and armchair gardeners.
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Akoniti ancient Greek ancient Greek word animal Anthurium applied aster became blossom borrowed botanical Bougainville called Capuchins cluding color Colossus of Rhodes columbine comes from Latin crane daisy dandelion day lily derives descendants Dutch English word etymological eventually fact flower name foot French word genus German word gladiolus glish goddess herb Hyacinth Indo-European root iris Italian kin to English known languages Latin lupus Latin word Latkovski lilium linguistic literally means loanword loosestrife loup lukos Lupercalia lupine miterwort Mithra modern English myth name comes nasturtium nicknames nose offspring Old English Old French once onym orchid origin palindrome pansy Persian phrase plant Pliny the Elder Poinsett poppy produced rainbow refers reflected resembles Rhodes S)PEN Sanskrit scholars sense shoshannah Similarly slang snickersnee source of English Spanish star stem synonym tail term testicle thought tion tulip Turkish twisted verb wolf word for rose Zephyrus